Patents by Inventor Timothy Mate

Timothy Mate has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20060094923
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for treating a patient using radiation therapy. In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a tube configured to receive a radiation source and an expandable member. The tube has a first end configured to be inserted into a patient and a second end that is generally configured to remain external to the patient. The expandable member is at the first end of the tube, and it is configured to contain the radiation source. The expandable member can comprise a balloon, flexible bladder, mechanical linkage (e.g., a cage), a mesh, or other suitable expandable systems. The apparatus further includes a marker associated with the expandable member such that the marker moves with the expandable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Publication date: May 4, 2006
    Applicant: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Mate
  • Publication number: 20060093089
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a lung of a patient. One embodiment of a method comprises positioning a leadless marker in the lung of the patient relative to the target, and collecting position data of the marker. This method further comprises determining the location of the marker in an external reference frame outside of the patient based on the collected position data, and providing an objective output in the external reference frame that is responsive to movement of the marker. The objective output is provided at a frequency (i.e., periodicity) that results in a clinically acceptable tracking error. In addition, the objective output can also be provided at least substantially contemporaneously with collecting the position data used to determine the location of the marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Publication date: May 4, 2006
    Inventors: Edward Vertatschitsch, Steven Dimmer, Timothy Mate, Eric Meier, Keith Seiler, J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20060078086
    Abstract: A facility for facilitating custom radiation treatment planning is described. During a distinguished radiation treatment session for a patient, the facility collects data indicating positioning of a predefined treatment site of the patient relative to a target treatment location throughout the distinguished radiation treatment session. The facility associates the collected positioning data with data describing one or more other aspects of the distinguished radiation treatment session. The facility provides the associated data to a treatment planning facility to determine a treatment plan for future radiation treatment sessions for the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Publication date: April 13, 2006
    Inventors: James Riley, Eric Meier, J. Wright, Steven Dimmer, Timothy Mate
  • Publication number: 20060074301
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy Mate, J. Wright, Steven Dimmer, Lynn Purdy
  • Publication number: 20060074302
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy Mate, J. Wright, Steven Dimmer, Lynn Purdy
  • Publication number: 20060058648
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Publication date: March 16, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy Mate, J. Wright, Steven Dimmer, Lynn Purdy
  • Publication number: 20050261570
    Abstract: A system and method for accurately locating and tracking the position of a target, such as a tumor or the like, within a body. In one embodiment, the system is a target locating and monitoring system usable with a radiation delivery source that delivers selected doses of radiation to a target in a body. The system includes one or more excitable markers positionable in or near the target, an external excitation source that remotely excites the markers to produce an identifiable signal, and a plurality of sensors spaced apart in a known geometry relative to each other. A computer is coupled to the sensors and configured to use the marker measurements to identify a target isocenter within the target. The computer compares the position of the target isocenter with the location of the machine isocenter. The computer also controls movement of the patient and a patient support device so the target isocenter is coincident with the machine isocenter before and during radiation therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Publication date: November 24, 2005
    Inventors: Timothy Mate, Steven Dimmer